Education

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences

    26th March 2018 by

    Today Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, will host an event  bringing together Government Ministers and key stakeholders with an interest in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). More than 80 experts working across Scotland in all of the main sectors affected by ACEs will take part in discussions aimed at understanding...

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  • New figures on higher education students at Scottish institutions

    20th March 2018 by

    New figures have been published today by the Scottish Funding Council examining the higher education sector in Scotland in 2016-17. Read the key points from the publication: Commenting on the figures, Further and Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “It is welcome to see in these latest statistics that we have a record number of post-graduate...

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  • One year on – what’s happened since the first annual Cabinet meeting with children & young people?

    15th February 2018 by

    I am delighted to publish our progress report on the actions agreed at our first annual Cabinet meeting with children and young people, which took place on 28 February 2017 at Bute House. Representatives from the Children’s Parliament and Scottish Youth Parliament attended this meeting and raised issues that were important to them. A short...

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  • Universities urged to do more to support the poorest students

    23rd January 2018 by

    Student outcomes inequality highlighted in latest Fair Access Commissioner paper. Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville has urged the university sector to do more to support students from the most deprived backgrounds throughout their studies. It comes as the latest discussion paper from the Commissioner for Fair Access shows the extent of the gap in retention...

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  • Developing the digital skills to change career

    22nd January 2018 by

    Last week Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science Shirley-Anne Somerville visited CodeClan, the UK’s first accredited digital skills academy. Claire Smith, a graduate of CodeClan’s 16-week software development course, writes about her experiences as a career changer moving into the digital sector. “After University I was lucky enough to get work in an...

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  • Year of Young People 2018: making the voices of young people heard

    31st December 2017 by

    Emma Hunter, aged 20, from Dundee, is a Digital Modern Apprentice working with the Year of Young People 2018 team. On the eve of the new year, Emma writes about her hopes and ambitions for 2018. AS a young person growing up in today’s political climate I feel that anything put in place to help...

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  • Behaviour in Scottish Schools Research 2016

    12th December 2017 by

    The majority of pupils are well behaved and a credit to their school, according to teachers across Scotland. Behaviour In Scottish Schools Research (BISSR) 2016 is based on feedback from school staff and provides a picture of behaviour and behaviour management approaches in publicly funded mainstream schools.  The research shows:  The vast majority of staff...

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  • Family visitor centre opened at HMP Low Moss

    6th December 2017 by

    Yesterday, I opened the new family visitor centre in HMP Low Moss in Bishopbriggs. It is the fourth new centre to have opened at a prison in Scotland this year and will allow the children and families of those in custody an opportunity to relax and play before visiting their loved ones, as well as...

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  • Celebrating Book Week Scotland

    29th November 2017 by

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited Forthview Primary School in Edinburgh today to celebrate Book Week Scotland and the delivery of this year’s Read, Write, Count bags to Primary 2 and 3 pupils across Scotland. The Read, Write, Count initiative gives practical support to parents and carers to help them get involved in their child’s...

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  • First meeting of new Scottish Education Council

    24th November 2017 by

    Today I chaired the first ever Scottish Education Council, a new body established to the oversee the work we are doing to improve education in Scotland.

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